NFL’s wild opening round could yield more surprises on Day 2

May 21, 2017
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That said, the Cleveland Browns raked in three first round picks.

The seven selections brings the ACC to a total to 11 draftees in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft.

But the one he chose warrants questions, and for reasons beyond his coming off a broken leg of last October or that he was playing behind a defense that had six players taken in this year’s first three rounds.

We already handed out grades for every team’s draft class here, and below, we examine the 2017 draft’s winners and losers, with a look at those individuals outside of the 253 players selected whose situations were changed significantly by this weekend’s events. We see what a team does and instantly love it or hate it.

It may be weird that NY went safety-safety over even thinking about quarterback, but with Florida’s Marcus Maye at No. 39, they got their free safety to line up next to first-rounder Jamal Adams. If the team hadn’t selected a tough, strong-armed quarterback, who knows how different Brown’s story may have turned out?

Cleveland will be followed by San Francisco, Chicago and Jacksonville. Throughout the week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Peter Schrager provide updates from Philadelphia, while NFL Network reporters stationed at various team facilities around the league offer the latest news reports. They were probably pressed into making the trade after the Carolina Panthers took Curtis Samuel in the pick prior, and they likely wanted to jump the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 43.

Seattle’s first pick is now second overall on Friday along with their original second round selection, No. 58 overall. This is the day for the most diehard of football fans.

They’re back at it tonight for the second and third rounds at 7 PM Eastern, if you really need something to do. It’s been a much-needed defensive-minded draft for coach Chuck Pagano, courtesy of more collaborative GM Chris Ballard. With this Day 3 edition of the 2017 NFL Draft Debrief, Gregg Rosenthal breaks down the teams that improved the most. That is good for the teams drafting after the run on offensive players ended.

Many analysts thought teams could take anywhere from two to four Crimson Tide players in the top 10.

He should go early in the second round Friday night, and the belief here is that Cook will become a star who comes fairly close to matching what Ezekiel Elliott gave to the Dallas Cowboys past year. Hopefully, these two guys can stay healthy enough to show the Browns and their fans just what they’re capable of.

102 pick to Seattle Seahawks in the third round.

The SEC now gets to claim that half of the conference had a former player who was drafted in the first round.

Martin High and Texas A&M project Myles Garrett was the No. 1 overall pick in Thursday's NFL Draft. He was chosen by the Cleveland Browns

 

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